REAL TMB BRIDE: Kara & Justin

 
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This bride was an absolute dream to work with. Such an easy going woman with a great sense of style. Her positive personality made every appointment so fun and she looked absolutely KILLER in her gown. We could not wait for her wedding photos because we knew that between her drop dead gorgeous look and her amazing photographer, they would be incredible.

Congratulations you two, wishing you every happiness together!

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Name: Kara Barret
Dress: Plisa - Pronovias
Photography: Sara Monika
Venue: The Doctor's House
Florist: Kara Barret
Hair: Shanna Layton
Makeup: Maya Goldenberg

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How did this love story start?

"We met online on a dating website and our first date was at Starbucks."

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What was your favourite moment on the day?

"Between all the laughter at my speech that i used a disclaimer "this is a roast not a toast" and my husband getting everyone on the dance floor kicking to that ra ra rasputin song."

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Any wisdom for future TMB Brides?

"Make sure to get lots of sleep before the wedding day, don't try to do everything yourself accept help and choose the dress that feels most like you."

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"Apparently, the reverend and my husband were both wondering where I was because I guess I took along time to get into the chapel. My husband speech was funny and emotional it started off as "I do all my shopping online" he loves Kijiji, Amazon etc and we met online."

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#TMBTeam: Donna Hirst, CFO & Co-Owner

 

Our team at The Modern Bride has grown and we couldn’t be more excited! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to all the beautiful babes who make The Modern Bride so successful! Each week we will share some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members. If you missed our last post about our boss-babe founder, Jessica Hirst visit the blog post here. Today, we are introducing you to our interior-design-loving and bridal fashionista CFO Donna Hirst, who is responsible for making TMB look as beautiful as it does today!

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After all the amazing bridal appointments you’ve been involved with, what would you say is your favourite part of a bridal appointment?

My favourite part of a bridal appointment is the first time we meet the bride and the people most important to her. It is the start of something magical!

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When you think of your ultimate dream wedding, is it in spring/summer/fall or winter?

Summer and somewhere by the water!

Are you on board with team veil or are you on team no veil?

I’m going to have to side with team no veil on this one!

Aside from seeing the beautiful dress the bride chose, what would you say if you favourite part of a wedding?

Easy answer, the first kiss!

Why do you love working at TMB?

Being around so many young, exceptionally talented women every day. 

Based on current bridal trends, what is your favourite trend modern brides are adopting?

My favourite trend is not just specific to bridal fashion, it is that brides are creating their own traditions; no rules, doing it their way!

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To wrap things up, can you let us in on three things you think our TMB brides and followers would be surprised to learn about you?

  1. I practice yoga every morning and just started taking a barre class once a week. 

  2. I love to garden. Working outside all day and getting my hands dirty is my idea of a great day off!

  3. I used to have my motorcycle license!

Bonus Donna fun-fact: Donna was the project manager responsible for helping transform our space at the Petrie Building to be the beautiful bridal oasis it is today! Thanks Donna!

 

TMB in NYC: Top 5 Trends We Saw at NYC Bridal Market

 
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We came, we saw, we fell head over heels for all the wedding dresses at 2018 NYC Bridal Market!

If you were following along with our Instagram stories this past weekend, you would have noticed we were a wee-bit excited about everything we saw at 2018 NYC October Bridal Market! We met with amazing designers we currently carry and we were in complete awe of their newest collections. We also met with some new designers who we will be bringing into the boutique and can’t wait to tell you more about.

Before we dish on all the new styles and designers that will be coming to TMB in Spring 2019, we wanted to break down the ‘Top 5 Bridal Trends We Saw in NYC’!

  1.  Unconventional Fabric - Swiss dot, intertwined honeycomb sponge mesh, and bee lace (yes you read that right, literal lace bees on a dress)!

  2. Bell Sleeves – Get ready ladies, flowing sleeves are coming and we just cannot wait for you to fall in love with them as much as we did! The bell sleeves give off a super romantic and fun vibe for your wedding day.

  3. 90’s Necklines – We’re talking crescent necklines and straight across necklines, so think Alicia Silverstone as Clueless’ Cher Horowitz in that infamous red dress or Rachael Lee Cook in She’s All That, ahh gorgeous!

  4. Cut Outs – Cut outs are still very much a thing in bridal and we couldn’t be happier about it; nothing like a little peak-a-boo to modernize your dress!

  5. New Individual Lines – We saw a lot of young entrepreneurial women who are shaping the future of bridal! We’re predicting that the bridal world is on a shift from a big box wedding dress production to individually-inspired dress designs with young entrepreneurial woman at the helm of their very own lines.

That’s it for now babes, but stay tuned for a complete vlog recap of our NYC trip! #TMBinNYC

 

Swept Away: Everything You Need to Know!

 
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Love is in the air; it’s time to get Swept Away!

If you follow us on Instagram, chances are you have definitely heard us gushing about our upcoming event Swept Away! Our modern day of elopements and vow renewals is quickly approaching, so here is the 4-1-1 on the everything you need to know about Swept Away!

What exactly is Swept Away?

Swept Away is collaborative modern-day elopement featuring Confetti & Co., The Modern Bride, Jessica Imrie Photography, Blooms & Flora, Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, and Coccola designed for contemporary couples who long for a detail-oriented wedding day without the fuss (or price tag) of a "traditional" affair. It is your no-stress wedding day!

When and where is Swept Away taking place?

Swept Away is on Friday, November 24, 2018 and your gorgeous venue for the day is The Modern Bride location in the Petrie Building in downtown Guelph.

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What is included in the elopement/vow renewal package?

Your wedding package for the day includes the following:

  • Venue for ceremony, photos and reception

  • Professional Officiant

  • 45-60 minutes of photography with Jessica Imrie Photography

  • Wedding dress of your choice provided by The Modern Bride

  • Ceremony, bouquet and boutonniere designed by Blooms + Flora

  • Hair and Makeup for the bride by Coccola

  • Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and mini desserts for up to twenty guests

  • Never Forget Photo Booth 

  • A team of wedding professionals to walk you through every special moment of the day

You can also further customize your day with any number of our à la carte add ons below:

  • 30 minute engagement photo session

  • Customized invitation suite or signage designed by LoveWords Stationery & Signage

  • Acoustic Ceremony music performed by Justin Beauchamp

  • Wedding Band Consultation with ATTIC

  • Monogrammed Ring Box

  • Custom wedding cake designed by Kelly's Bake Shoppe

  • On Site Hair and Makeup for bridal party  

  • Accessory florals such as floral crowns, corsages or hair pieces 

How does the whole Swept Away process work?

  • Choose your ceremony time

  • Determine any additional A La Carte items you might need

  • Chat with Kendra, Confetti & Co. wedding planner, to go over your specific details

  • Visit The Modern Bride to find your dream dress

  • Arrive for hair and makeup day-of

  • Enjoy your ceremony and photos in the loft space (about 1hr)

  • Sip champagne and cocktails and savour passed hor's d'oeuvres in the Front Room  (about 1hr)

  • Depart and enjoy your first day as newly-weds

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 What is the cost of Swept Away?

The package, without any add-ons, is $4,000.00. You pay 50% now and 50% a month before the event!

 

Can I wear my own wedding dress or do I have to wear a TMB dress? 

Absolutely you can wear your own dress! If you have already found a gown you would love to wear, we definitely encourage you to wear it! If you do bring you own dress and/or you’re unable to find a dress at The Modern Bride, you will receive a $250 discount on your Swept Away package.

Can I come see the venue before I book?

Yes! We encourage any interested couples to come visit the TMB and discuss any questions you have with us or Kendra of Confetti & Co. Call us at 519-822-0909 to book an appointment to come see the space!

 

 

#TMBTeam: Jessica Hirst, CEO & Founder

 

Our team at The Modern Bride has grown and we couldn’t be more excited! We decided this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to all the beautiful babes who make The Modern Bride so successful! Each week we will share some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members; first up, we have our fierce and fearless, boss-babe founder, Jessica Hirst.

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Ok Jess, first things first, would you rather a spring/summer/fall or winter wedding?

Such a hard choice; I always seem to have a chill so I’m partial to summer, BUT I have to say winter wedding, for the sleeves!

 
If you got married today, what current TMB dress would you wear?

Colonia - Atelier Pronovias! I love the neckline and sultry cutouts paired with the classic sleekness of the completely plain crepe.

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What is your opinion on the highly-debated bridal topic: Veil or No Veil? 

Veil! Always a veil! More specifically, a soft blusher and cathedral length veil. When are you ever going to get away with wearing a veil again?!

Out of all the current wedding dress trends, what is your favourite?

Peek-a-boo cutouts and slits!


What is your absolute favourite part of a wedding? 

The first look! I have seen A LOT of weddings, but I have to say that the first look still gets me choked up. Also, any tears on the groom’s part absolutely slays me.

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Most important, why do you love working at TMB? 

TMB is something that I never imagined, but I can't imagine my life without it now! The women who currently make up TMB have truly (and almost literally) helped lay the foundation for who we are, and I am so proud. Each staff member who has joined us has become family and together I don't think there is anything that we can't accomplish. Corny, I know, but spend one appointment here and you’ll get it. These girls really make this place something to be proud of!

Now for the fun of it, what are 3 things people may not know about you?

1.     Pickles (or olives) would be my last meal, hands down.

2.     I can pour a Guinness with a perfect shamrock on top.

3.     I own about a million pairs of shoes, but spend most of the time barefoot. 

 

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We are so happy that we decided to hire a videographer for our grand opening party! Pocket Change Productions truly captured the fun and excitement of the evening and we couldn't be happier with the final video! 

 

CHEERS to those who made this night possible;

1486 Photography
Gemini Models
Coccola Beauty
Blooms & Flora
Foodies Anonymous Catering
DJ Charlie Clean

TMB STAFF!! (& Sarah G)

TMB Bash!

 
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When I think about our Grand Opening I could have never imagined the way our space transformed, the love and support that came with every guest and the complete awe that I felt watching the whole thing unfold. 

It was truly beyond my creative scope to have imagined this space, our amazing staff and the support that we received that night.

Thank you. To each and everyone of you who came to celebrate our Grand Opening in the Petrie Building. If you would have asked me 5 years ago, in our tiny first shop, if I imagined any of this I can truthfully say; only in my wildest dreams.

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We are so grateful for everyone who has helped us get to this point, from contractors to friends and family who took the time out of their everyday lives to help out. Our amazing landlords and of course our staff who we truly couldn't do any of this without. All of the love and support we have received is so amazing. 

Where do we even start? Planning our Grand Opening Party was so much fun... hectic at times, but so much fun nonetheless. We are so lucky to know so many talented people who helped make our event amazing! Each vendor brought their absolute best and every little detail brought our night to life. From our incredible, larger than life floral wall, the spot-on bar and food service, our DJ who kept us moving all night, the videographer and photographer who captured the entire night, to the hair and makeup and the models who made the fashion show one to remember!

Vendors who helped us make our grand opening party a huge success!

Photography: 1486 Photography

Videography: Pocketchange Productions

Florist: Blooms and Flora

Caterer: Foodies Anonymous

Models: Gemini Models

Hair and Makeup: Coccola

DJ: DJ Charlie Clean

Cupcakes: Adele

Venue: The Modern Bride

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The food was nothing short of amazing! So tasty and the presentation was elegant, as always!

Foodies Anonymous is by far one of our favourite catering companies in Guelph. They not only provide exceptional food AND service but they are innovative, passionate and seriously unique! I would have to say that their Califlower, Beer, Ceddar soup was by far my favourite with all the other food coming in a close second!

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The set-up crew was so fast and the finished result was incredible! Our staff are nothing short of amazing!

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From our little TMB family to you - thank you so much and we love you!

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The team at Coccola blew my mind! I had given very little direction on how I wanted our models to look; nothing too "bridal", show me editorial and current. They did not disappoint. Our live-action hair and make-up backstage was nothing short of magical and Elissa and her team made the Gemini girls look runway fabulous.

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We love these photographs - the ones that capture the little moments. Whether it is just a quick glance or a stolen kiss, these are the moments that give us the butterflies.

Alana at 1486 photography was an easy choice. She has an incredible eye and a presence that makes the fake smile fade away and become completely genuine. She spent the evening capturing the moments I will look back on for many MANY years!

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Our fashion show was intended to show our style, and the ladies of Gemini models did just that! We stood at the end of that runway in amazement as our curated collection was revealed. 
A big shoutout to Brooklyn, Val, Reily and Leanna for an exceptional show and for bringing all our gowns to life!

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It would be impossible for us to pick a favourite look!

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Here are some of our favourite photos from the night! Who doesn't love a good candid?

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Some of our favourite photographers (and not to mention a couple TMB brides! <3) 
Jenn Kavannagh Photography
Kayla Yestal Photography
Deanne MacRae Photography

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Big props to these guys from Brother's Brewing for fixing our keg! So glad that we are Petire Building neighbours, your place has certainly become one our favourite place to grab a pint!
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A picture sure is worth a thousand words - would love to know what they were looking at!

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We are truly over the moon, and so exhilarated as the future unfolds for TMB!

Thank you to everyone who drove from near and far to christen this space and celebrate our current success and the adventures yet to come! A very special shout out to Alicia, Taylor, Sierra, Adele, Melissa and Jay who make TMB the best place to work and for always putting our bride first.

Also, to Sarah Gostlin (honorary TMB staff) for helping the night go smoothly, and for her constant support in my dreams!


Here's to the future, may it always look so bright!

 

CHEERS!

 

REAL TMB BRIDE: Jessica & Tim

 
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A bride that loves a long sleeve?! Embraces a dark lip?! And has the best laugh?!

This girl right here.

Every appointment with this bride was a riot; she is so full of positive energy and not to mention some killer style! To say that we were waiting with baited breath for these photos is an understatement! Her love for her groom is so clear and that little dusting of snow makes this whole day look like an absolute dream.

Congratulations you two, wishing you every happiness together!

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Name: Jessica Barby
Dress: "Orquidea" - Pronovias
Suits: Moore's Clothing
Photography: Nick Parry  - Nautical Studios - Hamilton, ON.
Venue: Donut Monster, Cotton Factory, Spice Factory - Hamilton, ON. 
Florist: Jessica Heather - A Fine Medley - Hamilton, ON. 

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How did this love story start?

"Tim and I met while working at Target Canada. We both had worked there for about a year before we started to take interest in each other."

Short, sweet and with a beautiful happy ending.

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What was your favourite moment on the day?

"Turning around the corner into the ceremony and watching the look on Tim's face when he finally got to see me! He was so cute with the biggest smile plastered across his face! Or maybe taking the wedding party for Donuts at Hamilton's Donut Monster after the ceremony! They loved it!"

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Nothing beats a pit stop to the Donut Monster! Who knew that eating donut could be so darling?!

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Any wisdom for future TMB Brides?

"Try your best going into your appointments with an open mind - but also don't put too much pressure on yourself. By the time I walked into TMB I had gone to 6 other bridal shops and tried on a million dresses and was feeling very defeated. I told Jess what I had in mind - and without hesitation she knew exactly which dress would be perfect for me! But of course she made me try it on last because she knew it would be my favourite - and she was not wrong!! So definitely trust the consultant. Its their job - they know what dresses will look good on what body types - and sometimes having someone with some knowledge of the product can make the deciding process that much easier!"

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We love these photographs - the ones that capture the little moments. Whether it is just a quick glance or a stolen kiss, these are the moments that give us the butterflies.

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It is all in the details. From the dress to the bouquet, it is the small things that truly complete the look.

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What was the highlight of your big day?

"By far the highlight of the day was my dress. Every single person that attended our wedding kept commenting on how gorgeous and perfect my dress was for my body and I couldn't have agreed more. I loved it so much - we even went out the day after the wedding to take additional pictures in it with our photographer! It's not every day that your male photographer loves your dress so much that he wants to take more pictures of it!"

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Huge congratulations to these two!

Hoping that all our future TMB brides have as much fun on their wedding day as this hubby and wifey!!

CHEERS!